- Thursday, 20 April 2017
The Legal Services Board has said it expects frontline regulators to introduce compulsory “minimum disclosures” by law firms on price and service. The LSB was responding to the Competition and Market Authority market study of legal services.
Tags: comparison websites, Legal Services Board, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Latest news, Legal Services Act, Legal Services Board, Regulation
- Tuesday, 5 January 2016
Legal Beagles, a consumer rights forum, has launched a comparison website using its own research on fixed fees to decide which law firms are listed. Kate Briscoe, chief executive of Legal Beagles, said only around 500 firms published fixed fees on their websites.
Tags: comparison websites, fixed fees
Posted in Latest news, Technology
- Wednesday, 7 October 2015
The Law Superstore, a new legal services comparison website which will offer consumers lists of approved solicitors, is to be launched next spring by the former chief executive of Minister Law and Brilliant Law.
Tags: Brilliant Law, comparison websites
Posted in Latest news, Technology
- Monday, 22 June 2015
Consumers are being misled by dubious practices in online reviews and endorsements, while more than half of buyers of services are swayed by them, according to an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority.
Tags: comparison websites, Legal Services Consumer Panel
Posted in Latest news, Market monitor, Marketing & PR
- Friday, 1 May 2015
Alan Kershaw, chair of CILEx Regulation, has said lawyers should be regulated “by competence, not by title” and urged the different branches of the profession not to give up on common training.
Tags: CILEx Regulation, comparison websites, Education and training
Posted in Latest news, Legal Executives, Regulation
- Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Almost three months after the Solicitors Regulation Authority opened up its database to comparison websites, only one is actually receiving any information, it has emerged. Meanwhile the Bar Standards Board has opened its Barristers’ Register to the public.
Tags: bar standards board, comparison websites, Legal Services Consumer Panel, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Barristers, Latest news, Regulation, Solicitors
- Friday, 20 February 2015
Lawyers are increasingly using threats of libel action to intimidate clients into taking down negative reviews from comparison websites, it was claimed yesterday by a member of the Legal Services Consumer Panel.
Tags: comparison websites
Posted in Consumer panel, Latest news
- Friday, 21 November 2014
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to end the monopoly currently enjoyed by the Law Society’s ‘Find a Solicitor’ website, by making the data behind it available to commercial comparison sites. It is also to set up own “online regulatory register” for the public.
Tags: comparison websites, Find a Solicitor, Law Society, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Latest news, Marketing & PR, Regulation, Solicitors
- Friday, 23 May 2014
Clients are paying law firms fixed fees in almost half of all transactions, while unbundling is becoming a significant feature of the market place, a survey for the Legal Services Consumer Panel has found.
Tags: comparison websites, fixed fees, Legal Services Consumer Panel
Posted in Consumer panel, Latest news, Legal Services Act
Planning for retirement
8 July 2020
In 2006 I started thinking about retirement whilst founding a boutique practice specialising in partnership and employment law. Ten years later, a friend told me that I would never be able to retire.
Time for a new regulatory settlement
3 July 2020
The problem with reform based on a compromise with vested interests is that it ends up being more pig’s ear than silk purse and the Legal Services Act 2007 is no exception.